Not the Super Bowl. Not the beginning of Packer Season. Not UNC vs. Duke. Not Spring Training. Not the World Series. Not the NBA Playoffs. Not Christmas, not Thanksgiving and not my birthday. Not even if the Packers made it to the Super Bowl. Nothing compares to this time of year for me as a sports fan or as a human being in general. The next 2 days are filled with buzzer-beaters, cinderellas, upsets and general basketball insanity. For 10 hours straight from 11 am until 9 pm, my entire life revolves around college basketball. Literally. I haven't worked or gone to school in at least 10 years during the first two days of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. I refuse on principle. If I get fired, so be it. There comes a time in a man's life where he has to decide what's important to him, and my top priority for the next 48 hours will be basketball and nothing else. I have to drive 10 hours both ways to a family wedding this weekend and I'm bringing a 7 inch T.V. with me in the car so I don't have to miss a second. My wife is pretty psyched for that, by the way. Honestly though, who decides to get married during the first round of the NCAA tournament? (I will always call it the first round even though, technically, it's the second round now because of these stupid play-in games. I don't care if VCU was in a play-in game last year and made it to the Final Four, so stop making that point. They're a waste of my time, the tournament starts Thursday, not Tuesday.) I don't know what other words to use to describe my sick, disgusting, completely unhealthy passion for the coming 48 hours. Since I have no other words, I'll give you videos. These are the top 5 moments of March Madness that I've witnessed live during my lifetime as well as some of the general reasons why this is my favorite time of year. When I think of this tournament, these are the things that come to mind.
The NCAA on CBS theme song
I still get goosebumps every time I hear it
This video is exactly why I love March Madness
P.S. - I'm still super pissed off that Gus won't be calling any of these games anymore. Come back, Gus. Please. Everyone who loves this weekend is begging you to come back someday, hopefully soon. We need you. Hell, I need you. I'm a mess without you. I miss you so damn much. I miss being with you. I miss being near you. I miss your laugh. I miss your scent. I miss your musk. When this is all over, I think you and me should get an apartment together.
I love going to halftime and seeing Greg Gumble show up on my T.V. screen
Alright, now on to my Top 5 NCAA Tournament Moments
5. Mario Chalmers' three to send the 2008 championship game into OT
4. Bryce Drew's gamewinner
3. Arizona vs. Illinois in 2005
One of the best games I've ever seen in my entire life. The players, the comeback, the outcome, all of it. Just amazing. Arizona had a 15 point lead with under 4 mins remaining and a ton of great players, I still have no idea how they lost this game. I remember watching it at Mike's house and being super pissed because I picked Arizona to upset Illinois who had only lost 1 game all season and was clearly a National Championship favorite. Oh well, that's why this weekend is the best.
2. George Mason defeats UConn in OT to reach the 2006 Final Four
1. Wisconsin Badgers improbable Final Four run in 2000
Notice how many times you see #10 Jon Bryant hitting 3's in this highlight. That's basically the only offense this team had.